Looking for a good honest outboard repair shop in the Lafayette area. Any advice?
I just moved to Lafayette. Need to find an honest outboard repair shop in this area. Any recommendations?
Absolutely the worst opening day ever at Catahoula since I started hunting in 1963. We had one green wing come in range and that was it.
What is the salinity like at Vermillion Bay?
Is it still fresh around Marsh Island?
Went out of West Cove Sunday and before I could get anywhere my hub on prop stripped out. So I was stuck in West Cove. The water was clear between Rabbit Island and the landing but no fish. I know some people caught some reds in the marsh and by the weirs, but what about trout in the lake? Please somebody post something!
Please God Make the wind stop and make the flood go away. And a little rain in West Louisiana wouldn't hurt either. Amen
Does anyone know how to predict the tides in Calcasieu lake? I can't figure it out. Went there Saturday expecting the tides to be down somewhat due to the North winds but they were really LOW! and they did not rise all day. If you look at the tide guide for Calcasieu Pass Lighthouse wharf in LA Sportsman it is nothing like what goes on in the lake. Everything was just a mud flat. Grounded out trying to get to Long Point.
We lucked up and caught 7 flounders. I think they bit just so they could get out of the mud.
Caught a limit of specks at Long Point on live shrimp under cork. Had to catch 2 hardheads for every trout, but it was worth it. Then went to the south opening of West cove and tried to get some reds. Caught about 15 rats and was able to stretch 3 of them to 16 inches. Caught most of them carolina rigging live shrimp in the current breaking around the point. Also had to contend with the hardheads there. But it was fun.
From the LDWF website.
TWO OYSTER FISHERMEN ARRESTED IN CAMERON PARISH
Release Date: 04/20/2010
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents assigned to the Oyster Strike Force arrested two Sulphur men on April 8 for oyster violations.
The agents observed Allen Dwayne Duraso, 38, and Richard John Geronimo, 46, as they attempted to sell 25 sacks of shell stock oysters, which is 10 sacks over the allowed daily limit of oysters harvested from Calcasieu Lake.
Duraso sold 15 sacks of shell stock oysters without a current vessel license. Duraso and Geronimo then sold another 10 sacks of illegally caught shell stock oysters from their second trip using false boat registration numbers.
Duraso was cited for violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster regulations, no vessel license and intentional concealment of oysters. Geronimo was cited with violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster regulations, intentional concealment of oysters and injuring public records.
The penalties for not having a vessel license is punishable by a fine of $250 to $500, or jail time for up to 90 days, or both plus court costs. For violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster Regulations, the two face fines between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Injuring public records carries up to five years of imprisonment with or without hard labor, and a fine up to $5,000 or both.
Agents involved in the investigation were Lt. Remy Broussard, Lt. Billy Gomillion, Senior Agent Beau Robertson, Senior Agent Bryan Robertson, Agent Ronnie Engelhard and Agent Michael Flurry.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, I talked to Patrick Banks and Capt. Marceaux of the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries today about the oystermen. And yes they know about all the boats that have been dredging at Calcasieu. But, they think they are mostly LA boats. They say if they were from Texas the local commercial fishermen would be up in arms. They say the real reason for all the activity is the fact that oyster prices are so high. $25 a sack. So since each "boat", not fisherman, can harvest 15 sacks a day. So some of them have licensed more than one boat, and can therefore fill 15 sacks, go back and get boat #2 and catch 15 more and so on. They set up a covert sting last Thursday and couldn't catch any body breaking the law. So, since these guys can make $2625 per boat per week legally, they are making hay while the sun shines and there is nothing LDWF can legally do about it. If they do it 7 days a week that's over $11,000 per month they can make. The season closes Apr. 30 and this will stop. The only thing we can do is try to get the limit changed for next season that starts next October.
On a lighter note, has anyone caught any fish lately?
Well I made the mistake of believing the weather forecasters again. The forecast was for smooth and sunny, and I got 15 to 20 mph winds, cloudy and rain. And cold to boot. Plus the tide wasn't moving, but I was ready for that. only caught a 15 1/2 in. rat red and 2 flounders. BUT, I was not able to fish any of the reefs I knew of in West Cove because there were oyster dredgers working every one of them. At first I thought they were boats on the fish, but as I got closer I could see they were dredging. It looked like a lawn crew mowing the grass. boat after boat back and forth over the reefs. I counted over 20 between Rabbit Island and the south bank. Then there were 6 more at the cut where the butterfly boats used to be. I headed north and saw more at the north cut. This has to be having some impact on the lake. I have never seen any oyster dredging going on before. The Wildlife and Fisheries needs to see what impact it is having. Most Louisiana oystermen have leases where they seed and harvest. I don't think they hit the wild stock like this. It is scary.